New York Times – The New Republican Landscape

April 18,2011

Today’s TIMES  editorial:  THE NEW REPUBLICAN LANDSCAPE “it is possible to see the full landscape of destruction that their policies would cause . . . . The Party is fully engaged in a project to dismantle the foundations of the New Deal and the Great Society. . . (Friday) House Republicans showed just how far their mainstream has been dragged to the right. They approved on strict party lines the most regressive social legislation  in many decades . . . end  the guarantee provided by Medicare and Medicaid to the elderly and the poor. . .cut food stamps . . . cut Pell grants for all 9.4 million student recipients . . . remove more than 100,000 low-income children from Head Start, and slash job-training programs for the unemployed.”  The editorial notes the President observed  the New Republican Landscape  is not so much about reducing the deficit than “about changing  the basic social compact in America.”  This new political landscape obviously is a sharp movement to the right. No matter what our personal political stance might be, it can be observed that the electorate tends to gravitate near the mid-point of the political spectrum.  Swings to the left then to the right.  It can be predicted, I think, voters next year will move  the current Republican Landscape back toward the middle, perhaps even somewhat leftward.

Published by profbartling1

Retired professor Concordia University, St. Paul, Mn. Taught mainly American History. Also taught in other areas of history, philosophy, and theology,

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